Questions tagged [shutoff]

A shutoff is a valve used to turn plumbing on or off at the place you use it (like a sink). Use with the [plumbing] tag

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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?

Had an issue today with a nail going through a water supply line in a bathroom. It got me wondering if there is a practical or technical reason there aren’t typically room-specific shut offs between ...
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Identifying My Main Water Shutoff Valve / Setup

I've owned my first home for a few years now, but have never truly known where my main water shutoff valve was, mainly because I've never really known how to identify it. I've looked around my utility ...
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How do I find the water main entry point to my house?

My house has no apparent main water line shut off valve. Usually one would find a shut off valve right near where the water main entered the house structure. At my current house I have never been able ...
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Why will 26 1.2W 220V LED lights not work with an 800W inverter?

We live off the grid and have just installed 26 220V 1.2W LED lights. We are using 220V as the batteries are some way from the house and and thick copper wire is expensive. Everything works on the ...
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Stuck, leaking water shutoff valve to toilet

The problem... I recently replaced the fill valve and the flapper in one of the toilets in my house. When I turned the water back on using the shutoff valve below the toilet, a slow drip had ...
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How can I repair a slow drip at the main water shutoff valve?

I noticed a slow drip and wondering if solution is to turn the nut clockwise to solve. I normally would give it a go but since this is the main water shutoff I figured it'd be smart to get some ...
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How do I fix a shutoff valve that isn't opening?

My dishwasher started leaking over the weekend. I turned off the water at the shutoff in the basement, it's a standard faucet type in the copper piping. I then replaced the rubber heater hose used ...
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Is this a gas shutoff valve

We are adding a ceiling in our basement (64 year old house) and can not locate a obvious shutoff valve. They recently removed the meter from within the house and put one outside, and it has a shutout ...
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No water flow after closing and reopening shutoff valve

My faucet was in need of attention so went below the sink, shut off the valves, unscrewed the supply lines, cleaned the faucet put everything back and now the water won't turn back on at the valves. ...
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Faucet drip after water shut off

We had a plumber out to replace our outside hose bibs. After turning the water back on, one of our faucets in the house now has a drip. Its nowhere close to the area that the plumber worked on. Any ...
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Can you replace valve stem packing without shutting off the faucet?

The main shutoff to my house is a 3/4" FIP, that's leaking out the valve stem... the last several times turned on and off, it has 're-sealed' itself with lime and calcium deposits, but not this time, ...
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What is happening to the surface of this shutoff valve?

Yes, I know it's rust, but should I be concerned? In the third picture you can see the complete layout, to the right is where the water enters the house with the first valve (green) before the meter, ...
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What is causing the minor leak in flex supply line under sink?

I had new shutoffs and new flex supply lines installed by a professional plumber a few months ago. Today, I installed a new faucet because mine was very old and starting to fail. I installed ...
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How do I turn off this two-pipe steam radiator?

We live in an NYC apartment with steam heat. The noise of this radiator is driving us crazy because it's in the bedroom. We want to turn it off. The solution seems to be to shut the intake, the same ...
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Access Panel to gas stove shutoff valve on other side of wall in laundry room to code?

My location is Burlington County, NJ The cabinetry to the right side of the stove top cabinet has drawers in it. Typically I would put the access panel for the shutoff valve right in the side of an ...
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Do I need to prepare old pipe to install a compression fitting?

I bought a new multi-turn valve to replace a really old one. The new one has a compression fitting where the old one is soldered. My plan is to use a pipe cutter just below the soldered joint. I'm ...
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Mystery of misbehaving hose bibs and missing shutoffs

My father recently passed away, and I'm working on getting his house ready for sale. For the most part, Dad kept up with preventive maintenance, but obviously things slipped a little in the last year ...
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Leaking Washing Machine Shut Off Valve

I noticed a leak coming from the valve between my main water supply and the pipe connected to washing machine's cold water intake. I looked online and saw 2 common solutions : tighten the packing nut ,...
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How should I disconnect my gas stove?

We want to replace our natural gas stove with an electric stove. I've never worked with gas lines before, and the installers who will deliver the electric stove won't disconnect the gas stove for us. ...
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Main water shut off

My main water shut off valve is in my laundry room. The valve is a most likely a globe valve. The handle is missing and the piece sticking out is stripped. I’ve use vice grips to turn it but it has ...
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No remote/pull chains, how do I turn off fan without turning off the lights on combo unit

Just moved to new house 2 months ago. Bedroom ceiling fan/light fixture doesn't have any chains and did not have a remote with it. I have 2 wall switches, one turns the entire unit on/off and the ...
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Can I use quarter-turn ball valves with compression fittings or threads for my water shutoff valves?

I've got gate valves (I think that's what they're called) for all of my water shutoff valves. It's a pain to close them, and they don't quite close all the way anyway, so I was thinking of replacing ...
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How do I replace the toilet shutoff valve?

Since the shutoff valve is leaking (the packing inside is worn), I'd like to replace it. Is the valve soldered onto the supply pipe, or is it a threaded connection?
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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?

I want to replace the faucet for my kitchen sink. The shutoff valves for both hot and cold are stuck open. I assume I should either try to unfreeze the valves or eventually replace them. If I'm in ...
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How do I replace this toilet shutoff valve?

I need to replace a toilet shutoff valve (does not completely stop water flow) as part of process of fixing a leak I saw around the base of my toilet (suspect i need new wax ring??). I bought a new 1/...
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Can anyone identify this type of shutoff valve?

What type of shut off valve is this, and can I replace it with a quarter turn ball compression valve?
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Washing machine shutoff valve won't close

My washing machine hot water shutoff valve doesn't close. The laundry room has separate shutoff valves for hot and cold water. I believe that the type of valve is a quarter-turn ball valve, although ...
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How to connect a “safety overflow switch” to “turn off a wall outlet”?

I have a "Little Giant" condensate pump VCMX-20 model. This pump comes with a "safety switch". The pump turns on when the water level gets to 1.2 inches. The "safety switch" will "do something" when ...
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What is this water cap/valve for?

We are considering replacing the water main/gooseneck that supplies our 1920 Washington Dc duplex home. We think it is probably original galvanized pipe. While it is not leaking and we have reasonable ...
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Trying to find a way to shut the power off in the detached garage without having to go back to the house to turn off the breakers

Each wire is already ran and hooked up to lights and outlets it was ran underground with pvc in to the detached garage
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11/16 OD Toilet shut off

My house is 1920s, New England. its been upgraded and added onto a few times. 2nd floor toilet shut off was leaking. I cut off the valve as I was unable to safely get a torch on it to un-solder it....
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Water shutoff valve for refrigerator

We need a shutoff valve for our refrigerator. We live in California. We have a copper water line to the fridge. My questions are: The line kit included a small brass shut off valve. The installer ...
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How to open jammed shut off valve

I want to open a valve and tape it properly to prevent further leakage. But the valve is jammed and as I put more force to open the hexagonal nut (shown with red arrow) it is going to be deformed into ...
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1/4" Reverse Osmosis Filter inlet line to undersink cold water line

I am trying to connect an under counter Reverse Osmosis ( R.O. ) filter inlet line (red 1/4" tubing) to the cold water supply line (3/8" black tubing in picture) under my kitchen sink. Can anyone ...
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Sink Angle Valve: Fully Open or closed Tiny Bit

I have a bathroom sink with angled faucet shutoff valves (they are around quarter turns). I closed them for repairs yesterday. After repairs, (1) should I leave the valves Fully Open, (2) or "Open ...
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Gas Water Heater and Water Shut Off

My house and my neighbors' houses are going to have our water shut off from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm this week by our Water and Wastewater District. I called the manufacturer of the water heater and also ...
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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No Water from Reverse Osmosis water system

I recently replaced my filters and membrane in my Reverse Osmosis water system and now there is no water coming out of the filtration system to the tank. The tank is at the correct pressure, and is ...
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Remote main water shut off & drain valves in crawl space winterizing

Want to be able to shut off main water line in crawl space off via a switch inside and also want to install another valve right above to drain the lines for winter protection while gone and possibly ...
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What does this shutoff switch in a 100 year old house control? Located in plaster wall near top of basment steps

This shutoff switch, near the top of the basement steps in an old home confounds us.
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Cut pipe or remove ferrule using tool when replacing compression valve?

I have been changing the valves under my sink and I was wondering what is the best course of action? I've attempted to remove the ferrule on two of the pipes and it wouldn't come off. (I had no tool ...
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How long should it take to drain a home's water pipes through a faucet?

Say I shutoff the water at the main of a 2-story house. I open a faucet on the first floor. How long should it take for the water to stop running from that single faucet? Will ALL the water from the ...
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What is this copper ring insert in my sharkbite supply valve?

I'm about to connect my new faucet supply lines to my new sharkbite valves. The valves came with these copper rings and I am wondering what they are and should I leave them in when connecting the ...
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Can I swap parts from a new to old shutoff valve instead of soldering a new sweat valve?

The shutoff valve on my water heater has an extremely slow leak. A couple years ago I disassembled it by removing the handle and changing out either the packing or the rubber washer, or maybe both (...
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Can I install a single shut off valve to turn off both hot and cold waters in my apartment?

I am doing bathroom renovation and need to install main shut-off valves for the apartment. Previous owner just have two shut-off valves sticking out of the wall below tub spout which is ugly. The ...
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Appropriate copper pipe length for shutoff valves

We recently renovated our home and paid to have the plumbing roughed in. I am planning to try and tackle the kitchen sink installation. I have 1/4 turn angle stops for the hot/cold water for the ...
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Best/Quickest way to drain hot water lines from tank?

Due to serious lack of appropriately placed shut-off valves in my house plumbing (not my fault, it came that way), I need to shut off the cold water supply to my gas hot water heater so I can replace ...
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Extend stem pipe

This is picture of my under the sink shuttoff valve for sink supply line. I need to replace valve. I have few questions. 1) what kind of valve should I choose ? Sweat joint,compression or push to ...
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Can I turn the water supply to the shower off here (picture)?

I posted earlier about a Ghroe shower faucet that wouldn't turn off. I managed to finally get the handle off and now I am looking at this inside the wall. The flat head screws that are on the far ...
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Can I shut off the water to my house and safely leave the water heater on while I'm away on vacation for a week? [duplicate]

I plan to shut off the main water supply to my 2 story house before leaving for a week on vacation. I have an AO Smith gas 'powervent' water heater in the garage that I would like to set to 70*F ...